2 ACRE MARKET GARDEN
SHARING OUR HARVEST THROUGH THE SEASONS
The Market Garden Vision
The creation of an absolutely stunning market garden encompassing a plethora of delicious fresh 'heritage' fruit and veg. At the top of the 3 acre area will be an orchard of top fruit (apples, cherries & plums). The rest of the area will be designed to be both practical as well as an amazing place for families to sit, eat and enjoy events or just be.
Having visited a number of other similar gardens, Applegarth envisage this to be a mixture of The Medicine Gardens, Raymond Blancs Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and The Pig in Brockenhurst.
The foods being produced will be a strong part of the menu scheduling in the restaurant with a considerable emphasis on seasonality. The restaurant itself will half face out into this area with beautiful views across the Market Garden.
The Market Garden area will host 3 Restaurant Pods which will provide discrete and truly unique dining experiences. Imagine enjoying a stunning meal while surrounded by the very things that you are eating.
There will also be an area designated for pop up events, be it a vintage gin wagon serving cocktails all Saturday or a pop up cooking demo etc.
What is it:
1.1 acre of soil based horticulture, agri-tourism & growing courses.
What will it produce:
Top fruit, seasonal produce, heritage & heirloom tomatoes.
2 full time, 2 part time.
Education & agri-tourism
Lessons in Aeroponic growing, micro herb production, other types of hydroponic & hyperlocal horticulture.
PICKED STRAIGHT FROM THE SOIL
DELIVERED TO THE RESTAURANT & FOOD HALL
Market Garden Production
The Applegarth Market Garden has been in the making for some time and will include a range of seasonal crops that are perfect for two considerations. Firstly, to provide the Restaurant & Food Hall with an ever changing pallet of foods produced throughout the season. Secondly, to act as a backdrop for people to learn how to grow foods in their own gardens.
Applegarth have had great success in growing heritage tomatoes, With that in mind and the fact that tomatoes can be difficult to grow, at least one of poly tunnels will be dedicated to this crop.
Then, we will look to produce a range of seasonal produce and ones that can not be grown internally with aeroponic production. So root crops to include heirloom carrots and potatoes, brassicas, beans and other produce that will sell well in the farm shop or be used in the restaurant. At the same time we're looking to introduce some less obvious produce in warmer pockets of the site. Cucamelons, native to Mexico makes for an amazing addition to a Gin & tonic as well adding a good level of shading due to its prolific vine like growth.
TEACHING THE WHOLE CONCEPT ORGANISED, EDUCATIONAL & FUN FARM DAYS
Our Market Garden has been in the making for some time and will include a range of seasonal crops that are perfect for two considerations. Firstly, to provide the restaurant & food hall with an ever changing pallet of foods produced throughout the season. Secondly, to act as a backdrop for people to learn how to grow foods in their own gardens.
For example, we have had great success this year in growing heritage tomatoes, With that in mind and the fact that tomatoes can be difficult to grow, at least one of poly tunnels will be dedicated towards this crop. To provide lessons in how to string & prune them and use organic techniques to stop issues like blight. Then of course, as was the case in 2020 to provide the shop and restaurant with a continuous supply of home grown, heirloom varieties.
Our intent is to become an RHS partner garden and be able to provide people with courses in growing from the RHS courses and workshops list.
Sample Course Calendar
January: Planning Your Gardening Year!
February : Pruning for beginners 1
March : Pruning for beginners 2 March : Year Round Colour!
April : Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg May : Beekeeping for Beginners 1
June : Right Plant Right Place! July : Summer Pruning For Beginners
August: Beekeeping for Beginners 2 September : Bulbs for Garden Colour
October : Designing a Winter Border November : Autumn and Winter Containers
November : Prune and Propagate!
December Wreath making
Day & week courses
RHS Level 2 Certificate: Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
RHS Level 2 Certificate: Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation And Development
FIVE A DAY MARKET GARDEN
TAILORED KIDS PLAY
Market Garden Children's Area
Applegarth are working with an acclaimed designer of children's play spaces to produce something unlike your average play areas. We are not looking to install a traditional play area with your atypical swing/climbing frame template. Ours is about offering outdoor opportunities in gardening, nature conservation and environmental art – reconnecting children with nature.
At A Glance
Plucking a warm egg from a coup full of bantams
Crawling through a tunnel woven of willow
Playing camp in a living willow tent
Watering and picking carrots
Join the Applegarth Five A Day Market Garden Club
Plenty of digging, planting and growing to do all the year round
No devices, just old school play
Applegarth pride themselves on their efforts to practice sustainable and nature-friendly farming. The Market Garden will give them a new tool to strengthen and refine this mission and will complement their aeroponic growing operations.
The harvest will be sold directly to the consumer and transformed into dishes in the restaurant – removing the food miles of our produce
Absolutely no chemicals & machinery will be added during the growing process. Just lots of love & nature
By working together we can help our community to thrive and support the restoration of nature. The Market Garden is a beautiful space for the community to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables in a sustainable and attractive way, and it’s a great space for community activities
Applegarth will work at a local level, to create opportunities for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, and to provide information to support positive actions